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Patriots draft profile: Javon Foster has the traits of a worthy developmental tackle

Patriots draft profile: Javon Foster has the traits of a worthy developmental tackle

Foster started 39 straight games at Missouri.

The offensive tackle position remains one of the biggest needs for the New England Patriots, with the top of the depth chart consisting of Chukwuma Okorafor, Calvin Anderson and Conor McDermott on the left side.

New England investing in the position during this year’s draft therefore makes plenty of sense. But with plenty of other needs elsewhere — specifically at quarterback and wide receiver — they could wait to take a late-round flier (or double-dip at the position) on a prospect with intriguing traits. One name that fits the description is Missouri’s Javon...

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New England Patriots links 4/22/24 - 2024 NFL Draft week: Psyops, rumors intensify

New England Patriots links 4/22/24 - 2024 NFL Draft week: Psyops, rumors intensify

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Patriots draft profile: Amarius Mims is a boom-or-bust prospect at left tackle

Patriots draft profile: Amarius Mims is a boom-or-bust prospect at left tackle

The Georgia product projects as a first-round draft pick.

The New England Patriots’ needs on the offensive side of the ball are many, and they cannot all be addressed in the first round of the upcoming draft. That does not mean the team is not in a position to possibly acquire additional first-round talent even if it makes a selection — see: quarterback — at No. 3 overall.

One player to watch in that regard is offensive tackle Amarius Mims. While highly regarded due to his size and athletic traits, a lack of experience might cause the Georgia product to...

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7-round mock draft 5.0: Two first-round picks help transform the Patriots offense

7-round mock draft 5.0: Two first-round picks help transform the Patriots offense

The Patriots are active on the trade market in our final seven-round mock draft of the year.

It’s finally draft week, and it’s time for our final seven-round mock draft of the offseason.

In a few days, we will finally be able to talk about what the New England Patriots did in the draft, instead of what we think they should be doing. For the moment, however, let’s still focus on that and dive right in.

Pat Lane’s seven-round mock draft Version 1.0 | Version 2.0 | Version 3.0 | Version 4.0

Round 1

**1-3: QB Drake Maye (North...

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Patriots Football Daily: Voluntary Minicamp Begins

Patriots Football Daily: Voluntary Minicamp Begins

The New England Patriots begin their voluntary minicamp today in Foxboro. This is different than the offseason workout program, which took place two weeks ago. During that week, only strength and conditioning coaches were allowed on the field. Over the next two days, all coaches will be allowed on the field.

As the title suggests, this is a 100% voluntary activity for players. This means players not attending cannot be fined for skipping. However, at least 50 of the 70 Patriots under contract were in attendance for the start of the voluntary workout program earlier this month. Attendance for voluntary...

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Patriots express interest in veteran tight ends ahead of NFL Draft

Patriots express interest in veteran tight ends ahead of NFL Draft

New England invited three free agents on a tryout basis.

While quarterback, offensive tackle and wide receiver are bigger needs for the New England Patriots heading into the 2024 NFL Draft, they also have potential to upgrade their tight end group. At the moment, Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper and La’Michael Pettway make up the entirety of the position depth chart.

The Patriots could look for some developmental options in the draft, but they are also exploring the veteran market. In fact, they recently had three veterans in town for tryouts: as first reported by Howard Balzer of Cards Wire, Brycen...

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Patriots head into second phase of offseason workout program with NFL Draft coming up

Patriots head into second phase of offseason workout program with NFL Draft coming up

New England’s coaching staff is finally starting to get involved in the preparation process.

The New England Patriots will be focused on more than the NFL Draft this week. The team of neo-head coach Jerod Mayo will also enter the second phase of offseason workout program this week.

After focusing exclusively on strength and conditioning work the last two weeks, the Patriots will now start holding individual and group drills and bring their coaching staff into the mix.

Additionally, offensive players will be allowed to line up across from other offensive players, and defensive players are permitted to do the...

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Patriots draft profile: Jared Wiley has starter upside at tight end

Patriots draft profile: Jared Wiley has starter upside at tight end

The TCU product projects as a mid-round selection in this year’s draft.

On paper, the New England Patriots’ current tight end group is not necessarily among the best in the game. It is, however, in relatively solid shape compared to most other positions on the offensive side of the ball.

As a consequence, the team might shy away from making any big additions to its tight end corps in the NFL Draft. That does not mean there is no room for investment, though. Quite the opposite: the group would benefit from adding some developmental talent given that Hunter Henry, Austin...

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Recently-retired Matthew Slater has accepted full-time position with Patriots, per report

Recently-retired Matthew Slater has accepted full-time position with Patriots, per report

Slater announced his retirement from football earlier this year.

The New England Patriots have not seen the last of Matthew Slater. The long-time team captain, who announced his retirement from pro football earlier this year, will stay with the team in a full-time staff role.

According to a report by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Slater was offered other opportunities but eventually decided to continue working with the Patriots. His role has been described as being a “right-hand man” to first-year head coach Jerod Mayo as well as an assistant in “people development” questions.

The writing for Slater sticking around was on...

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Sunday Patriots Notes: Commanders talk about their own quarterback decision at No. 2 overall

Sunday Patriots Notes: Commanders talk about their own quarterback decision at No. 2 overall

Notes and thoughts on the Patriots and the NFL on April 21.

The 2024 NFL Draft is within reach, as the New England Patriots get set to make a potential franchise altering decision with the No. 3 overall pick Thursday night.

For anything we did not touch on — draft or otherwise — here is our weekly notebook clean-out. Welcome to our Sunday Patriots Notes.

1. Commanders check-in: The Patriots will be on the clock quicker than usual in the 2024 NFL Draft. But, the wait will be just as suspenseful. Despite Caleb Williams all but locked into the No....

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Patriots draft profile: Keon Coleman doesn’t have to become the next N’Keal Harry

Patriots draft profile: Keon Coleman doesn’t have to become the next N’Keal Harry

The Florida State wide receiver projects as a Day 2 selection in this year’s draft.

The New England Patriots’ recent history with early-round wide receivers is a complicated one. While the hits have been few and far between, the misses have been damaging. And no player personifies that more than N’Keal Harry.

A first-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2019, Harry lasted only three seasons of 35 total games with the team; he caught merely 57 passes for 619 yards and four touchdowns before he was traded to the Chicago Bears in 2022. Harry, who had an enticing...

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New England Patriots Top 30 Visit: Jalyx Hunt

New England Patriots Top 30 Visit: Jalyx Hunt

Every NFL franchise is allowed to invite up to 30 draft prospects to visit their facilities and meet with the members of the organization before the NFL Draft. These selections range from first-round targets to players who might be available as undrafted free agents. As news about the New England Patriots Top 30 visits surface, Patriots Football Now will highlight each of the visitors. Today’s feature is Houston Christian edge defender Jalyx Hunt.

College Career

Jalyx Hunt was not ranked by any of the major recruiting services coming out of University High School in Orange City, Fla. He was...

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